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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applying online through LSAC is strongly preferred. You can also download a paper application. If you submit a paper application, the processing time will be longer.

More information about the Application Procedure can be found here.

Can I apply to the full-time and part-time programs at the same time?

No, you can only apply to one program per admissions cycle. If your original application is declined, you may email lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu to request to be reconsidered for the alternate program.

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $70.

Does Fordham Law offer fee waivers?

We offer need-based application fee waivers. In order to apply, please fill out the fee waiver application. In addition to the form, please include a copy of one of the following documents: (1) Pell award letter, (2) Most recent W-2, or (2) Current pay stub. Completed fee waiver applications and supporting documents should be emailed to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu.

We also provide fee waivers for those who have served in the U.S. military, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In order to be considered for a service-based fee waiver, please submit a letter of service to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu.

If approved for a fee waiver, you will be granted a fee waiver code via email so you can apply electronically through LSAC.

Fee waiver requests for Fall 2021 will be accepted between September 1, 2020 and March 12, 2021. Fee waiver codes expire on our deadline (March 15, 2021).

We do not offer: (1) Merit-based fee waivers; (2) CAS report fee waivers; or (3) Fee waivers for transfer applicants.

When are applications accepted?

Full-time and part-time applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted between September 15, 2020 and March 15, 2021.

Transfer/Visiting applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted between March 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021.

Visiting applications for Spring 2021 will be accepted between October 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020.

Does Fordham Law have an Early Action program?

We have a nonbinding Early Action program for the full-time and part-time programs. To qualify, you must apply and have your application completed by October 15, 2020. If you do this, you will be automatically considered for the program. You don't need to indicate you're applying Early Action anywhere on the application.

For Fall 2021, the last LSAT we will accept for the Early Action program is October 3, 2020. If you're taking the October LSAT, you should apply before you take the test. If you apply and are registered for the October LSAT, we will automatically hold your application until we receive the October score (even if you have a previous LSAT score on file). Even though October scores will be released after October 15, we will still consider these test takers for our Early Action program. If you have another LSAT score on file and would like us to move forward without the October score, please email lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu to ask us to release the hold on your application.

Any applicant who abides by these guidelines will receive a decision by December 15, 2020.

Does Fordham Law have an Early Decision program?

No, we do not have an Early Decision program.

How long does it take to process applications?

Generally, applications for the full-time and part-time programs are processed within two weeks.

When can I expect a decision on my application?

We make decisions on a rolling basis — in the order in which applications become complete — so it's advantageous to apply sooner rather than later. Applicants will receive decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after their applications become complete (not counting days the Law School is closed). Applicants can check their status via the online status checker.

Does Fordham Law accept transfer students?

Yes, transfer applications for Fall 2021 may be submitted between March 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021. More information about the transfer process can be found here.

Does Fordham Law accept visiting students?

Yes, we accept visiting students in the fall and spring. Note: visiting students are the only students who can enroll in the spring. For Spring 2021, applications for visiting students may be submitted between October 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020. For Fall 2021, applications for visiting students may be submitted between March 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021.

More information about the visiting process can be found here

Does Fordham Law offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers?

No, we do not offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers.

Does Fordham Law require TOEFL for international applicants?

No, we do not require TOEFL for international applicants. The only test we require is the LSAT.

Does Fordham Law have spring enrollment?

Aside from visiting students, we only enroll full-time, part-time, and transfer students in the fall.

Does Fordham Law offer applicant interviews?

Due to our large applicant pool, we are unable to offer evaluative interviews.

What are the median LSAT and GPA for admitted students?

The entering full-time day class for 2020 had a median LSAT of a 164 and a median GPA of a 3.65. The entering part-time evening class for 2020 had a median LSAT of a 160 and a median GPA of a 3.52. 

What's the last LSAT Fordham will accept for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle?

The last LSAT we will accept for Fall 2021 is February 20, 2021.

Do you have any recommendations for LSAT prep?

Khan Academy is the Official LSAT Prep. LSAC also has other prep resources on their website.

Can I apply before I've taken the LSAT?

Yes. If you apply and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will automatically be held until we receive your score. Even if you have an LSAT score on file and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will still be held. To release the hold and move forward with your current LSAT score(s), please email lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu with your request.

How long is my LSAT score valid for?

Five years. Expired LSATs will not appear on your CAS report. For Fall 2021, applicants must have taken the LSAT on or after June 2015, but no later than February 2021. More information about LSAT scoring can be found on this section of LSAC's website.

Does Fordham Law accept the GRE?

No, not at this time. All applicants are required to take the LSAT.

What type of majors does Fordham Law look for?

We admit students from all types of backgrounds — from political science to biology to performing arts and everything in between.

Is there a specific topic for Fordham Law's personal statement?

The personal statement should demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and concisely. While the topic is up to you, experience shows the most successful personal statements are the ones that develop a sense of the person and their values, aspirations, and concerns. A discussion of the unique contributions you would likely make to the student body, the legal profession, and ultimately the larger society would also be well received. Personal statements should not exceed two double-spaced pages. We cannot consider additional materials, such as video/audiotapes, term papers, theses, dissertations, articles, memoranda of law, legal briefs, etc.

What types of letters of recommendation should I submit?

Letters from current or former professors are preferred. If you graduated five or more years ago, professional letters are acceptable. While we require two letters, you can submit up to four.

Can I submit an addendum to my application?

Yes, you can include an addendum as part of your application. If you've already applied and would like to include an addenum, please email it to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu. PDFs are preferred.

How can I check the status of my application?

After you apply, you will receive access to an online status checker.

Does Fordham Law utilize a waitlist?

Yes. The size of the waitlist varies from year to year and it's not ranked. Admission from the waitlist can occur as early as the end of May and as late as August during the week of orientation. The waitlist process is very fluid and we cannot predict the number of offers we will make each year.

Can I defer my acceptance?

We grant binding one-year deferrals on a case-by-case basis. We only grant two-year deferrals if you have made a commitment to a program with a two-year time frame (i.e. Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.).

Can my application be reconsidered if I wasn't offered admission?

If you were not offered admission, you can request reconsideration of your application. Please email lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu with your request and indicate the division you would like to be reconsidered for. Please be aware that the reconsideration process take place in August.

Does Fordham Law offer tours of the law school campus?

Unfortunately, tours (guided and self-guided) have been suspended for the rest of 2020 in response to COVID-19. In the meantime, a virtual tour is available online. For updates, we recommend visiting this page of our website.

Can I meet with an Admissions Officer?

Normally, we have an open door policy. Unfortunately, in-person meetings have been suspended for the rest of 2020 in response to COVID-19. If you'd like to speak with an Admissions Officer, please call 212-636-6810 during normal business hours (weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). No appointment is necessary. You can also schedule an appointment for Zoom Office Hours.

Will Fordham Law visit my school?

In response to COVID-19, all of our recruitment events will be virtual during the Fall 2020 semester. Please visit this section of our website to see which law school fairs/panels Fordham Law will be participating in.

Can I speak to an Admissions Officer on the phone?

Yes, you're welcome to call 212-636-6810 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays to speak with an Admissions Officer. No appointment is necessary. You can also register for Zoom Office Hours.

Does Fordham Law host information sessions?

Yes, registrantion is available on this section of our website.

Does Fordham Law offer housing to students?

On-campus housing is available a McMahon Hall. Admissions will contact admitted students in June to ask if they're interested in living on-campus. Off-campus graduate housing is also available at Wilshire Plaza. Students interested in living off-campus should contact Graduate Housing at gradhousing@fordham.edu.

Which courses are required at Fordham Law?

A list of required courses can be found under section IV on the Academic Regulations page of our website.

What are my chances of being admitted?

While we can't tell you your chances of being admitted, please be aware that we take a holistic approach to the admissions process and consider all of aspects of an application (as detailed in the application procedure section of our website). You can also read more about our selection criteria online

How many credits are needed to complete the JD program?

83.

What does a typical schedule look like for full-time students?

Full-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Full-time students will be assigned four classes — Legal Writing & Research and three other fundamental classes.

What does a typical schedule look like for part-time students?

Part-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM. Part-time students will be assigned three classes — Legal Writing & Research and two other fundamental classes.

What's a typical class size?

First-year classes can range anywhere from 16 to 90 students. As a 1L, you're assigned to a section consisting of 40-45 other students. Some 1L classes will be only your section (40-45 students). Other classes will be two sections (80-90 students). Legal Writing & Research will be 16-18 students.

As an upper-class student, the majority of your classes will be under 25 students. More information can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

More information about student to faculty statistics can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.

Does Fordham Law offer any dual degree programs?

Yes, we offer three dual degree programs: JD/MBA, JD/MSW, and JD/MA (International Political Economy and Development). More information about these programs can be found here.

Does Fordham Law have study abroad programs?

Do Fordham Law allow prospective students to sit-in on classes?

Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are only able to allow admitted students to sit in on classes. If you’re an admitted student, please email lawadmitted@law.fordham.edu with your request.

How much is tuition?

More information about tuition can be found on the Tuition and Cost of Attendance page of our website.

Does Fordham Law offer scholarships?

Yes, more information about scholarships can be found on the Fordham's Financial Aid page of our website.

How many students receive scholarships and what do they typically amount to?

The latest scholarship statistics can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.

Can I connect with alumni?

Yes, please visit the Worldwide Chapters page of our website.

Am I eligible for admission if I was academically dismissed from another law school?

No, regardless of the time of dismissal.

If I'm not admitted, can I reapply?

Yes, you're welcome to reapply the following cycle. We encourage reapplicants to update their resume, personal statement, and/or letters of recommendation.

Where can I find the Bar Admissions Requirements?

The American Bar Association (Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (JD) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. For more information, contact the American Bar Association.

Can I request a viewbook to be sent in the mail?

Right now, we have very limited access to the Law School due to COVID-19. We would recommend taking a look at our digital viewbook. Quick Facts and program-specific brochures can also be read online (see "Discover more about Fordham Law" toward the bottom of the page).

JD Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 4-104, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984

Email: lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu